Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Peace Out Readers... for 2010!!

Happy Holidays from Amelia and 
Afterschool Oxford!!

I'm taking a break for the rest of the year. Thank you supporting the store and Afterschool Oxford in 2010. See you in the new year! 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pinterest Love

I have become really excited about Pinterest lately (aka obsessed). It's really fun! You can make all sorts of boards for anything you like that you see on the web. I have boards for everything from home decor to fonts that I find that I like to store ideas.
Also, you can follow boards that you really like as well. Have a favorite blogger? They are probably on there as well, which you can then follow their boards. Check it out here...

Follow my boards here.

Here's my 'tis the season board.

Happy Pinning!

Friday, December 17, 2010


I like the idea of giving a home baked/made/prepared goodie to close friends or neighbors.
This might just (and I can't really say anything here without making it sound like a really bad pun, but with that said, here goes) top them all...

***Bacon Jam!
The full recipe can be found here...
She has great photos to accompany each step as well.
(Image found at Not Quite Nigella)

***Next up are Maple Cupcakes found at Lonny from the boys at Baked and from their new cookbook called Baked Explorations. YUM!!
(Image found at lonny)

***We all have recipes for Chocolate Chip cookies, but it never hurts to try a new one every now and then. This one comes from The New York Times via ECAB.
Click here for the full recipe.
(Image found at ECAB)

Happy Baking! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two Weeks of Weekly Picks... 12/15- 12/31

Here is my last Weekly Picks for 2010! 
This will take you through the last day of the year.
And oh what a year it has been...
It's all about the music to get you in the holiday spirit!!

It's a big one, with SEVEN bands on one bill for 
*The 8th Annual Esperanza Plantation Showcase at the
Pix/Capri Theater

3023 N. State St. in Jackson this Friday the 17th. 

*Featuring Winter Sport, El Obo, TB Ledford, Wooden Finger, The Weeks, Bear Colony and Colour Revolt. And a with a late night set from J-Tran, featuring Josh Hailey.
Come out and help spread the holiday cheer! 
This is an all-ages event. 
Doors at 6:30PM. $15. 
****Hope to see you there! 
I'll be working the Colour Revolt merch table. Come say hi!!

The Tacky Townie Christmas at Proud Larry's on the 17th
Featuring music by 
Jimbo Mathus
The Posey Family Christmas Band
Dicky Do and The Don'ts
The Minor Adjustments
Tate Moore
Alice Walker
All Proceeds go to: The Oxford-Lafayette Interfaith Compassion Ministry (ICM), benifiting adopted families and foster children within Oxford and Lafayette County. 

Live Christmas Music- Prize for TACKIEST outfit- Pictures with Santa- Christmas Raffle

CATS PURRING PRESENTS....Ringin' in the New Year, Cats Purring style...At Ajax on the Oxford Square 
8PM - 1AM $5 for 21+, $10 for 18+ December 31st, 2010!!
Bozarts Gallery (403 Main Street) in Water Valley is open everyday, 12-5 until the          22nd of December. 
They have a great show Holiday Miniature Show up now... very affordable local art. 
I have two pieces in the show: As seen below.... 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Outtakes from our Design*Sponge Sneak Peek

 Our home was featured on Design Sponge today, and it is such an honor

                          Here are a few more photos that didn't make it into the post or that
                                                                     I recently took....
                                                                         Our bedroom
Harriette and Louise
The den 
Entryway mantel 
The guestroom
Sailboat collection
Louise sleeping in the den
The living room

The end. 

Sweet Iced Tea & Holly Mathis Interiors.

For your reading pleasure...
These two blogs are really fun! And are based in the South, which is why I wanted to feature both. I find daily inspiration and ideas from these ladies....So Becky, Ginger and Holly, thank you for all the great posts. Please keep 'em coming!

Sweet Iced Tea is done by two women named Ginger and Becky. They go out of their way to bring their readers all sorts of great events happening around the South, amazing recipes, and all things that have Southern style. 
One recipe that really stood out to me was their recipe for bourbon butter. I can't wait to make this spread for the next party that I throw. 
(photo by Sweet Iced Tea)
This leads me to another interesting facet about the ladies of Sweet Iced Tea...
They cultivate their own honey. Now I'm not talking honey that tastes like the stuff you get at the local grocery. I'm talking about the purest, sweetest honey there ever was. Once you've tasted what pure honey can produce, you will never buy the cute plastic honey bear bottle again. Each season has a different flavor based on the flowers that were in season at the time. Bees and the folks that help them along are truly something to marvel at. 
As some of you may or may not know, I have my own love affair with bees. I started a photo series about four years ago that is the study of rooftop bee keepers in New York City. I'm fascinated by the idea. I have since learned that their are rooftop bee keepers all over the world. My photo series continues.... 
It is going to grow to include wild beehives as well, which I'll start with the wild hives near 
the ladies of Sweet Iced Tea.  
(photos by me)

Next up is Holly Mathis.  
Every one of her posts is just so clever. She has a great eye for mixing vintage with the now and making it feel like it's the first time that you have ever seen it done.
One idea that stood out to me was her solution for toy storage. It's just so good!

(all photos by Holly Mathis)
Also check out her My Flea section. Great finds changing all the time. 

Thank you. 

Bower Bird + Number Two = Love.

I've made it no secret how much I love everything about the new concept that is
                                                                  Bower Bird.
Kate and Laura that make up Bower Bird are just so clever. They bring you a very well curated shop with a mix of vintage finds and hand made lovely treasures.
This month it's all about glitter and tis' the season....
                                                                Find the shop here.
Past posts on Bower Bird here and here
(all photos via Bower Bird)
PS.... Buy something right away when you see it because I have now missed out on two things I wanted to buy from them because I didn't act fast enough. Sad lesson learned. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Cheer

Here is some beautiful design that I've found around the web lately that makes me think of the 
holiday season. 
I'll be honest, I have a bad habit of finding photos that I love and saving them, yet, not marking where I've found it. So, if you know where some of these photos came from, by all means, let me know so that I can give proper credit where credit is due. 
I hope you are having a wonderful winter season so far!!

(Anthropologie windows)
(taken from unknown)


   (via Dottie Angel)

(last four, unknown photo credit. sad.)

Thank you.

From my kitchen...

So, in the last few weeks, I've made a lot of mini food. Mini pies. Mini quiches. Mini cheesecakes. And so on....It's more fun to try several desserts rather than commit to just one. Mini is the way to go.
I just kind of made up some of the recipes or changed them to my own taste.
From the reaction of those that tried the final product, success!

Here is my favorite so far. I'd love to hear how your mini creation turned out, should you try any of these ideas....

Mini Quiches:
This is just what I put into them. You can change out for your choice of fillings.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
3 eggs
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (more or less if you want)
Some buttermilk powder (I put about 1 Tablespoon I think)
5 slices bacon, chopped
Spinach, chopped
A little onion, chopped
Touch of salt

Mix really well together ; pour into mini phyllo shells
Put into oven for 10- 15 mins.
And serve.
Super quick and yummy!!

Filling ideas:
Crab and Goat cheese
Broccoli and Smoked Cheddar
Spinach and Feta
Ham and Gouda
** I haven't tried these other fillings, just items I think would pair well together.
Let me know if they work well together.

Friday, December 10, 2010

This Holiday Season at Amelia: Part 2

Last week I showed you tons of great things that you can find at Amelia this holiday season...
Well, there's more!!! 

                                                      From Little Otsu
                                                      comes the cutest calendar ever!!!
I want to frame these postcards...
Button Jewelry

amazing TV dinner meets Fista Ware

Shanna Murray has the most endearing decals, soon to be in stock.

I also have some great vintage pieces (barware, glassware, globes, purses, scarves, serving ware and more)... cupcake toppers, cupcake papers, cookie cutters, handmade upcycled baby booties and shoes from a local artist, stationery from Squirrel In The Attic, and so much more....

Hours until Christmas Eve:
Monday - Friday 12-6
Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 10 - 3


Weekly Picks... 12/10-12/14

It's getting down to the wire before Christmas and that means it's usually filled with holiday parties, charity events and special holiday functions all around.... 
This week is no different....

The Powerhouse Holiday Market is tomorrow, Saturday the 11th from 9AM-5PM. 
Tons of great handmade art and crafts from around the state. 
You can't go wrong with this market. 

Join Oxford Ballet for the holiday production of
The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday Dec. 11 at 7:00PM
& Sunday Dec. 12, 2010 at 3PM

Gertrude Castellow Ford Center • 1
100 University Avenue
University, MS 38677-0188
for more information:
call 662-915-2787

T-Model Ford is playing at 
the Hi-Tone tonight in Memphis. 
Doors at 9PM

Hope everyone is having a happy holiday season so far!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

This Holiday Season at Amelia

Some store news this season.....
***Amelia will be open EVERYDAY until Christmas Eve.
1006 Van Buren Ave. 
Oxford, MS 38655

                                                             Holiday Store Hours:                 
                                              Monday - Friday 12-6
                                              Saturday 10- 5
                                              Sunday 10-3
                                              Christmas Eve closed

***Gift giving ideas from Amelia....all in stock at the store now or will be in the next week.

                                                            *Holiday cards from

                                                       Egg Press

                                              *Great stocking stuffers under $20

                                                       Tote bags from Maptotes
Book covers from Book City Jackets
Stamp sets from Yellow Owl Workshop
Felt Coasters from Girls Can Tell
Moleskin Notebooks and pencil sets from Paper Pastries

Grocery Produce Bags from Wonder Thunder

*For the child in your life...
Wooden Animals from David Weeks
Animal Pillows from Areaware
Clothes from Zebi Baby
Baby Blankets from Virginia Johnson
 *For the man in your life....
Wooden Tool or Desk set from Good Design
Compass from Good Design


                                         *For the woman in your life...

                                                                         Nest Pretty Things
Pillows from Virginia Johnson

*For the tween/teen in your life...
Pencil, Sunglass and Laptop cases from Thomas Paul

Hair pins from Lemon Jitters

and so much more....

Stop in and sign the Wish List too!!! Make sure you get the gift you are hoping for this season....

Happy Holidays from Amelia.
Thank you!

***All Photographs are from the websites of those linked.